This was an incredibly distracting week, between preparations to leave town for the weekend and for the eclipse on Monday, a 90-pound, six-month old puppy showed up on our porch. He was great company for the week, and we found him a wonderful new home, but he certainly disrupted the peace. 🙂 On another note, we were fortunate to have The Laurel Magazine here on Thursday to take photographs for a piece that will be featured in their September issue. I was the one who was home that day so I gave Marjorie a tour. It was a wonderful reminder of just how much we are trying to do, and the variety that we offer. I sometimes feel like we repeat certain items too much (being new to all of this, I have a lot of undue paranoia), but when I had the chance to take a step back and see the seasonal picture, it was awesome. After all, the farm is only five acres. How many varieties can you grow in a one acre garden? A lot, it turns out.
Despite the onslaught of fungus problems in the garden, many of the plants are rebounding, and the seedlings that we started a few weeks ago are thriving (fingers crossed). Bush beans and runner beans are growing quickly, squash and watermelons are slowly starting to ripen (I am still desperately waiting for the watermelons to be ready). Beets seem to be our winner this year – they are easy to start, grow, and don’t have any issues (this year … we’ll see what next year holds). In the greenhouse, cabbage, broccoli, caulliflower, kohlrabi, beans, kale and lettuce seedlings are waiting until the days are a little cooler before we plant them in the garden. It’s strange to always be actively planning for the next season while trying to manage the present, but I like it because I am starting to appreciate the four seasons in a new way.